The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Board Policy 5141.52 – Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Awareness
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness
- Changes in sleep patterns or eating habits
- Significant changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings
What to Do When Faced with a Student in Crisis
- Ask the difficult question. “Have you had thoughts about killing yourself?” Do not offer unrealistic reassurances.
- Paraphrase what you are hearing the student say. This will support your ability to monitor how accurately you are understanding what the student is saying. For example, “I understand when you say that you aren’t sure if you want to live or die, but have you always wanted to die? Well, maybe there’s a chance you won’t feel that way forever. I can help.”
- Providing information about a current or upcoming life transition can help lessen anxiety. Remember, your job is not to act in the role of the mental health professional.
- Connect the student with a counselor, administrator or mental health professional immediately. Maintain visual contact with student at all times.
- Always provide a student with a 24-hour crisis number. Have them put the contact information into their phone if possible.
- Be aware of the identified individuals on your site who are working with you to provide more long-term professional support.
What to Avoid When Helping a Student in Crisis
- The student could be in a state of chaos and confusion, so how you model your emotions is key.
- In an effort to provide support, be careful that you are not providing your opinions.
- Avoid being impatient, judgmental or shocked.
- Be careful not to minimize the student’s experience but do not overreact as it may cause the student to shut down.
- Base the foundation of your relationship on honesty and trust.
- Do not promise secrecy in an effort to glean information regarding the crisis.
Substance Abuse Prevention
EGUSD Mental Health Resources
It is the top priority of Elk Grove Unified School District to ensure the safety of the students in our schools. Please use our counselors, psychologists, and mental health therapists as resources, in addition to the information provided on this website.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
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- EGUSD Employee Registration – check back soon for updated information.
Suicide Prevention School and Community Resources:
- Brochure: EGUSD PBIS Suicide Prevention Awareness
- Brochure: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools (Source: CDC.gov – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
1 (800) 273-TALK (800-273-8255)
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